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Computer games fight for awards
Screen grab from Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
GTA IV is up for the public vote for the GAME award of 2008

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is leading the field with seven nominations for the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards.

Grand Theft Auto IV is up for six awards while Fable II and LittleBigPlanet have earnt five apiece.

Steven Spielberg is also up for his first video Bafta for Boom Blox.

The awards recognise creative and technical innovation in video games, and will be hosted by Dara O'Briain in London on 10 March.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, GTA IV, and Fable II are all in contention for best game, as well as awards for action and adventure, story and character and best game.

Public decider

Call of Duty is also nominated for artistic achievement, gameplay, multiplayer and use of audio.

Assassin's Creed, Dead Space, and Fallout 3 have garnered four nominations each, while Gears of War 2, Rock Band, and Super Mario Galaxy have all earnt three.

Only one award will be voted for by the public and that's the GAME award of 2008.

The contenders were put together by a panel of gaming journalists and enthusiasts, and include Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, GTA IV, Guitar Hero: World Tour, LittleBigPlanet, Wii Fit and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

The Boom Blox development team will compete against SingStar Volume 2, Buzz! Quiz TV, Wii Fit, LittleBigPlanet and Guitar Hero: World Tour in the casual category.

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